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Petition expressing “no confidence” in state Superintendent gains thousands of signatures

OKLAHOMA CITY – Leaders, educators, and parents are teaming up to voice their opinions on Oklahoma’s State Superintendent.

Leaders of the state’s associations representing school administrators and suburban school administrators joined the rally cry of over 10,000 of parents, community leaders, and public school supporters have declared they have no confidence in Oklahoma’s State Superintendent Janet Costello Barresi.

This past March, a parent group in Yukon launched the website www.NoOnBarresi.com to start a petition for people to express their lack of confidence in Janet Barresi’s ability to function as Superintendent.

Executive Directors of Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration commented on the petition that has gathered over 10,000 signatures.

Local university to honor OKC bombing anniversary with flags

EDMOND, Okla. – Oklahomans are gathering together to mark the 19th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.

At 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18, student and staff volunteers will post 168 Oklahoma flags and 168 U.S. flags on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Christian University (OC) campus at 2501 East Memorial Road.

The “Ralph and Maxine Harvey Field of Flags” at Oklahoma Christian is a dual tribute to the victims of the Murrah Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995, and the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

The hope is that each person who sees the memorial tribute will take a moment to remember the 168 lives lost on that dreadful day.

 

 

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Run Lizard Creek announces MUD MAYhem race on May 31st.

Run Lizard Creek announces MUD MAYhem race on May 31st.

Run Lizard Creek is having its next race on May 31, 2014. Located in Judsonia, Arkansas, this permanent 8K obstacle challenge course features more than 30 obstacles—including a 60 foot water slide—along a five mile stretch of mud, sweat and adventure. Located on more than 480 beautiful acres, this challenging course and timed race event provides a unique experience for runners and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. MUD MAYhem promises to be even more adventure-filled with added obstacles and mud inducing challenges.

SOCCER FANATICS: OKC’s FC is inviting you to become a part of soccer history

OKLAHOMA CITY – Have you dreamed about creating something for a professional team?

Would you like to become part of Oklahoma soccer history?

If you answered yes to either of these then Oklahoma FC may have a great opportunity for you!

Oklahoma’s top-tier soccer club, Oklahoma City FC, is inviting soccer fanatics across Oklahoma to be a part of its future by designing its scarf.

Scarves are a tradition among soccer clubs and are typically a team’s most recognizable accessory. Scarves are a matter of pride for hard-core supporters and feature team colors, logo and inspiring slogans. Scarves are a part of a team’s identity.

As Oklahoma City’s team, Oklahoma City FC encourages soccer fans to be an intrinsic part of its identity from the start.

Oklahoma educators and lawmakers disagree over banning social study testing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma educators are expressing their concerns about the proposed state legislation that would erase Oklahoma’s ability to measure student knowledge of social studies, geography and a significant portion of U.S. History.

According to reports, Senate Bill 1654 seeks to eliminate state assessments on social studies in grades five and eight, as well as geography in grade seven.

This U.S. history end-of-instruction exam would remain in place in high school.  However, that assessment only covers standards that encompass history following the Civil War.

‘That is disappointing,’ State leaders split over bill that bans cities from setting their own minimum wage

OKLAHOMA CITY – As national leaders fight over whether the government should raise the minimum wage, state leaders are taking matters into their own hands to keep all towns in Oklahoma on the same page.

According to the Tulsa World, Gov. Mary Fallin recently signed a measure that bars cities and towns from increasing the minimum wage above the state rate.

Currently, the state’s minimum wage is set at $7.25 an hour.

Fallin said, “Mandating a minimum wage increase at the local level would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers.”

Minimum wage has become a national topic of debate.